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Linn Banks Biography, from Howe's 1845 Historical Collections of Virginia

Submitted by Alice Warner

The late Hon. Linn Banks, of this county, "for 20 successive years was speaker
of the House of Delegates, an office for which he was so peculiarly qualified,
that he was selected to fill it in all the mutations of party. He retired from
the legislature in 1838, and was elected to Congress in that year, to complete
the unexpired term of Mr. Patton, who was chosen counsellor. He was re-elected
in 1839, and again in 1841. He served in the extra session of 1841, and then
agreed with his competitor, to submit their cause to the people of his district.
He consequently resigned his seat, which was obtained by his opponent, the
majority against him being small. He was found drowned (Feb 24th, 1842) in a
stream which he had to gross in going from Madison Court-House to his residence,
a few months after he was thus consigned to private life."

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